Albuquerque Police Officer wins New Mexico Challenge and Glock 34
Albuquerque, New Mexico - While just under a hundred shooters slopped and trudged through the soaked and seeping grounds of NRA's Tactical Police Competition on Saturday, a few hundred more took part in the New Mexico Challenge.
A recent addition to the National Police Shooting Championships, the 6th Annual New Mexico Challenge is a Police Pistol Combat competition reserved for New Mexico based law enforcement officers without a permanent classification. What does that mean? Basically it means the match is only for first time (or very new) New Mexico shooters. If you're new to shooting competitions and are looking to get your feet wet then there's no better place to begin.
Shot on Saturday at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park, the Challlenge requires four things — a duty handgun, a holster, magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition. In the blink of an eye, or the time it takes to shoot four stages, it's done.
Six shots in eight second from three yards with one hone is stage one. Stage two, you have the option to use one or two hands to fire six shots from seven yards, reload and shoot six more before 20 seconds ticks off the clock. Stage three is the same as stage two from a distance of fifteen yards. Stage four is the big dog.
Shot at twenty five yards, competitors begin by shooting six shots behind a barricade while kneeling, another six with the left hand while standing and another six standing with the right hand. All in ninety seconds. That's where all the marbles are won. And the man who did it was Jeff Macfarlane.
An eight year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department, Macfarlane won with a score of 471-20x (out of a possible 480). A performance he credits to teammate Benito Martinez.
"He just asked if I wanted to do it," said Macfarlane. "Took me out, showed me how to shoot and I enjoyed it. He taught me a lot."
Enough to garner Macfarlane a first place finish in the New Mexico Challenge and the brand new Glock 34 semiautomatic that goes with it. An accomplishment he acknowledges with a humorous stride.
"It'll probably shoot straighter than me, but I'm learning."
For more on NRA's National Police Shooting Championships, visit their website at npsc.nra.org